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Life, Lemons & Lemonade is a blog I dreamed up when I realized I had a LOT to say about my Crohn’s Disease Diagnosis. My own experience lead me to the conclusion that there is room for improvement when it comes to the awareness and education that comes along with receiving a diagnosis like this one. My goal and the purpose of this blog is simple: I hope to reach, help, comfort, support, educate, commiserate, uplift and connect with any and everyone who can benefit from my experience and what I have learned. And along the way, I plan to share the ways in which I strive daily to make sure that I turn my Life & Lemons into delicious Lemonade. (Let’s call it “The Pulp” shall we?)

I have come to feel that I was blessed with an ability to maintain an optimistic outlook and happy attitude and I hope to put that natural talent to good use. I look forward to connecting with other “Crohnie’s,” and their loved ones – and maybe provide a little light in their dark times. If I can help them to feel a little optimism during the rough patches, then this blog will have been a success. Maybe what that person needs is someone to vent to, be miserable with, or just flat out complain for a minute… Hey I’ve been there – you want company? I can definitely share some stories and maybe we can have a laugh. If even one person reads my blog and says, “well if she can do it – I can do it” … I will die a happy blogger. *Hopefully not from Crohn’s Disease. :o)

Over the course of my adult years, I’ve learned a lot of useful things. Some of those things were little revelations about myself. For instance, I’m a very visual person. In order to focus at work, I have to maintain a neat and organized space that I like to look at. And it didn’t take me long to realize this applied at home as well. Nothing makes me happier than putting my personal taste into our home. Since this discovery, it’s sorta become an obsession and I love to share my DIY projects, design ideas and basically all things regarding real estate.

So, Who Is Leah Sannar?

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I’m a Wife to Tim, a Mother to Dominic, a Cancer Survivor, a lover of all things music and I live each day with Crohn’s Disease. Before we adopted our son, I worked in the mortgage industry; I was an office manager for a drug & alcohol recovery center and I’ve done some accounting. If you know me at all, you know – none of these things make sense. It’s not me. I am a dreamer. I have big dreams of all shapes and sizes. None of which include numbers of any kind, including 9-5. My mom calls me a “free spirit” but I think that’s loving mom speak for – head in clouds, no responsibility, do whatever feels right, fly by the seat of your pants type person. It sounds about right, so I’ll take it. :) My dreams range from photography, to writing a children’s book, to working in an orphanage in Africa, to party planning 24/7 to owning an interior design company and all the way back to raising money to help fight Crohn’s Disease. And most near and dear to my heart, I have been dreaming of this blog for 3 years. I’m so excited to be blogging and I’m so grateful you’re here to join me on my journey. You can learn more about me by reading My Story. It’s a good place to start.

Want To Meet My Family?

I have two very special boys in my life. My Hubbalicious and my absolutely precious little boy, D. They fill me with joy and drive me crazy in equal measure, and are more than any girl could hope for.

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Oh wait… make that 3 special boys. I also have a pretty unhealthy obsession with my Boxer puppy Bash. I try not to bombard y’all with the many, many, MANY pictures I take of him, but since we’re in the middle of introductions anyway…

Fetch Bash

Isn’t he adorable?? I seriously can’t get enough. I also have two more dogs… (yes, our house is quite like a zoo) but they didn’t make the cut. Haha! I kid, I kid. Hubbalicious and I adopted Keno right before we were married in 2004. Well, he was kind of dumped on our doorstep in a manner of speaking. And Josie, well… she was a little treat I picked up for myself after being in the hospital for almost 2 years.

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Day 11

Thanks so much for stopping by to get to know me and I hope you stick around for some of our adventures! We have a pretty good time. :o)

Leah

6 comments… add one
  • walter hancrar July 20, 2014, 12:30 am

    Crohn’s Disease i just found out that i have it in my illium and i found out about it was just after new years of this year i am 48 years old male from windsor ontario canada
    the predizone is not working at all . i had a pic line for 2 weeks so that thay can put the pain meds threw it of gravel 50 mg iv and dillioded 2 mg iv saludmedral that did not work just for the pain it controlled for a little while i am using gravel like candy up to 300 mgs for my throwing up my food and i lost 35 pounds in 3 months
    the gi doctor wants me to go on remacade iv . what are the problems with it? how do you deal with it ? i am scared and tired out and week alot .

    • Leah Sannar August 15, 2014, 12:43 pm

      I’m really sorry to hear of your recent diagnosis… I was on Remicade for a long time and it managed my disease quite well. Especially if nothing else seems to be working, I would definitely give it a try. Please feel free to reach out if you have other questions. I was recently hospitalized for an obstruction and it was like a scary reminder that my disease is still real, even though I’ve been in remission. You’ll be in my prayers, stay strong.

  • Jean May 16, 2016, 3:07 pm

    Hello Leah,

    I am writing to enquire if you would like to add details of your blog, Life, Lemons And Lemonade, to my website, ‘A Guide To Living With A Stoma’. The website is proving extremely valuable to suppliers, support groups, medical consultants, stoma care nurses, and ostomates, both here in the U.K. and internationally, and the response and feedback has been overwhelming. I have been told that my website is recognised as one of the top three ostomy resource websites in the world.

    http://www.livingwithastoma.co.uk/blogs.html

    I look after my website on a voluntary basis, and there would be no financial cost involved for you. My website is not for financial gain, but to provide ostomates with as much information as possible.

    I look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, take care.

    Kind regards,
    Jean.

    • Leah Sannar May 18, 2016, 3:46 pm

      Hi Jean, thank you for your interest in including my site. I would love to collaborate and will send you an email. :o)

      • Jean June 7, 2016, 11:45 am

        Hello again Leah,

        Just to let you know that I have sent you an email with information.

        Take care, Jean.

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